Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
£63m Bernardo Silva boost
As first reported by football.london back in May, Arsenal technical director Edu is hoping to bring in a goalkeeper, a right-back and an attacking midfielder in a bid to freshen up Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Leicester City’s James Maddison is the number one target given Martin Odegaard reportedly wants to stay at Real Madrid.
However, with the Foxes seem intent on keeping their star midfielder, the north London club might have to turn their attention elsewhere in their search of a creative playmaker.
And they have been handed a major boost for an alternative in the shape of £63million-rated Bernardo Silva after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted that the 26-year-old wants to leave the Etihad Stadium this month.
“He’s our player. Not just Bernardo, there are two, three or four players that want to leave but they are our players under contract and when they bring some offer and their agents come here and they want to leave we are open to discuss absolutely everything but it depends on them,” Guardiola said.
Martinez perfect for Arsenal
Arsenal have been linked with several centre-forwards recently with Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez the latest on that list.
This may seem somewhat surprising when you consider that the club already have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Folarin Balogun, Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah on their books.
However, the fact that the Gunners are still being linked with Martinez in particular, would suggest that Mikel Arteta wants a different type of No.9 from the ones he has on offer.
Despite being just 5ft 8ins the Argentine is excellent in the air and has managed four headed goals in each of his three seasons in Serie A.
Martinez is good at dropping deep to help the build-up but also has the pace and mobility to get forward and be on the end of the transitional attacking chances that his team creates.
Simply put, he could be the perfect signing for Arsenal.
How Lukaku deal could impact Martinez
Speaking of Martinez, there has been a major development with regards to his soon-to-be former strike partner Romelu Lukaku.
According to Goal, a deal in principle is done between Chelsea and Inter Milan for the Belgium international at €115million (£97million).
Furthermore, it is claimed that the deal is being formalised over the weekend and that an announcement is expected next Monday or Tuesday.
The concern for Arsenal is that this deal would surely end their pursuit of Martinez as it is unlikely Inter would be open to selling their two most prized assets in the same transfer window.
However, reports in Italy claim that could be the case.
Saturday’s newspaper edition of Tuttosport state that there is a risk of further departures at the San Siro after Lukaku with Martinez and defender Stefan De Vrij free to leave should suitable offers come in.
Source by Football London